Up-Up-and an Update

Blog No. 336

20190427_133939Welcome to May. I’m not sure how we got here, or what I’ve been doing for the first four months of the year, but here we are. Somehow, things have happened. The Neon Heart is out and thanks to being able to meet up with Christian and Elly, I’ve gotten some of the first draft of the novel done too (thought I’m not sure what it’s going to be, yet). I’ve had a bunch of events, but the usual onslaught that starts in March and runs through June, didn’t happen. I did have a busy April, but March was light, and so far, the rest of my year is the usual one or two events a month. I’m not complaining, but events usually means book sales. Still, I am plenty busy and the more time I can spend writing, the better. I suppose, like most things, it’s a balancing act. Continue reading “Up-Up-and an Update”

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The Holidays

Blog No. 317

20181214_174640-1Last week I was invited to a last minute event at Biblioasis, which was my last event of the year. I wasn’t expecting anything, but they asked me a few days beforehand if I would come to a Holiday Schmoozer with other local authors to be on hand to sign books and what have you. There were some other authors expected and our books were put on a little display table, but the crowd was mostly made up of other authors, too. Not to say that it wasn’t a good time. I just happened to not really be a draw for the store. Some books sold that night, but none of them were mine. I’m not too disappointed. I didn’t have much invested other than time, and I spent my time successfully Schmoozing, so things worked out just fine. I even got one of Biblioasis’ cool Christmas Ghost Stories for taking part. I’m going to call it a win. Continue reading “The Holidays”

Cyberpunk Novella

Blog No. 283

The Thinking MachineThe Thinking Machine is here! You can get it right now at Anchor Coffee House on Huron Church, Anchor Bakery and Espresso Bar on Lincoln, at Biblioasis, or in person, from me. I still have a bunch of events (one a week from now until the end of May) so there are a bunch of chances to get your hands on a copy. And believe me, when you see it, you are going to want to pick one up and hold it. I’m going to do a whole behind the scenes at some point in the future, but for now, the idea to have a pocket sized novella seems to have worked. Everyone’s reaction so far has been exactly what I hoped for. Plus, Anchor letting me sell the book at both their locations is beyond what I’d hoped for. Between the two, that’s a pretty big part of the city covered. Also, since I wrote it there, it seems fitting that you can buy it there. Continue reading “Cyberpunk Novella”

Local Books

Blog No. 282

30714316_10155387489520983_7022734947341303808_nLast weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to the first Windsor Small Press Book Fair. It was in a church hall over a coffee shop, and while the cold and rain keep the crowds down, there were enough folks there to make the day profitable. A great help was the low cost of the table. Not only did it mean that only a couple of books needed to be sold to break even (the key breaking point for any event) but it opened the fair to a bunch of new authors and publishers. Sometimes when events are not well attended, the day seems to go on forever. Having someone to talk to on those days is key. For this Book Fair, there were so many writers and publishers I knew (and some I hadn’t seen in a long time) that I was surrounded by people to catch up with, swap books, and talk shop. The customers were icing on the cake. All in all, it was a good start to the monster list of events going on. Continue reading “Local Books”

Into the Horizon

Blog No. 261

23825939_10155052833330983_4551037070813374431_oThe book launch is over. All These Crooked Streets is available to anyone who wants to read it. The evening was a great success (in most measurable ways) and I’m glad it’s finally out in the wild. The hubbub and hoopla has dimmed, and now it’s time to buckle down, finish the next book, and keep the string of events going for the foreseeable future. It’s going to be a busy few weeks running up to Christmas (both for event and at the day job). Then I get the Christmas break where all I have to worry about is some family gatherings and writing. I’m really looking forward to getting back to that writing. Continue reading “Into the Horizon”

For Real This Time

Blog No. 260

cover-final-smallTuesday the 21st will be quickly upon us and the crime anthology (All These Crooked Streets) will finally be released. It’s been a long, occasionally frustrating road and I am eager for it to be over. More importantly, in the end, I’m quite happy with the book. It is a step up from No Light Tomorrow in almost every way. It’s longer, it’s better written, the layout is better, the deign is more thought out. It really is a pretty nice package and I think people are going to be happy to get their hands on it. I know I’m happy to have a new book to share with people. Continue reading “For Real This Time”

Looking Back at Old Posts

Blog No. 259

undergrads-2001_05With the book launch successfully postponed (It’s Tuesday November 21st at River’s Edge) I’ve gotten back to some basics. It constantly amazes me how much work it is to get back into writing regularly after it’s been disrupted by other work. Even a week of editing or layout can throw everything off. I’ve been working on it though. I still have 9ninty percent of a novella written that was planned to be released in June but put off due to the crime anthology. I’ve also been working on some really early pre-production for season two of Flags and High Fives. If you add Christmas looming on the horizon, it’s still a hectic time (though a lot less so). I’ve still found time to goof off when I should really be working. Continue reading “Looking Back at Old Posts”